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Sports injury claims

Sports injury claims are a common complaint with personal injury solicitors, with more than 1 million sports accidents happening every year. If you’ve suffered a sports injury that wasn’t your fault, we can help you to claim compensation. Call Express Solicitors to start your no win, no fee claim today.

Last updated on May 4th, 2022.

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Key points for making an injury claim

The most important things to remember when making a sports injury claim

  • You can claim for injuries due to equipment, conditions, or human error
  • You generally have three years to make a claim
  • You can claim if an organisation failed to keep you safe
  • You will need medical evidence to support your claim
  • You can claim on a no win, no fee basis.

Sports injury compensation claims

Sports injury compensation claims can affect anybody who takes part in sport or spectates, with up to 1.5 million people attending accident and emergency each year. You can claim for a sports injury if you’ve been injured and you were not at fault – for example, if you were playing in unsafe conditions.

We can help you make a no win, no fee compensation claim for sports injuries. Get in touch with our expert solicitors today to start your claim.

Can you claim compensation for a sports injury?

You can claim compensation for a sports injury if you were injured and it was not your fault. Sports injuries can happen for all sorts of reasons, including:

  • Bad advice from a coach or physiotherapist which causes or makes an injury worse
  • Collisions, such as a reckless tackle causing a football injury
  • Playing in dangerous conditions such as bad weather
  • Inadequate training to use equipment
  • Unsafe or faulty equipment
  • Assault by other players or spectators
  • Poorly maintained playing areas such as stadiums.

To make your claim, we need to be able to prove that you were injured, and that somebody was at fault. Sports injury claims will most likely be paid for out of the relevant organisation’s public liability insurance, for example, a sports venue. We need to prove that this organisation failed to keep you safe, and that you were injured.

Our expert personal injury solicitors have years of experience settling sports injury compensation claims just like yours, and we can help you claim on a no win, no fee basis.

How to claim for personal injury compensation

Want to know more about claiming for a personal injury? Jargon free, we’ll explain your legal rights, letting you know everything you need to know about claiming.

What kind of sports injuries can I claim for?

There are many different types of sports injuries you can claim for, which vary depending on the sport you’re playing. These can range from minor to severe, but we will always go above and beyond to get you the highest compensation amount possible.

Gym and sports centre injury claims

Gym and sports centre injury claims may be related to a person’s negligence or a piece of faulty equipment. If the centre failed to maintain equipment and it caused you injury, you could claim for negligence. Likewise, if a personal trainer gave you bad advice, we can help you to gather evidence that this caused your sports injury or made your condition worse.

Horse riding injury claims

Horse riding injury claims are often serious and may result in broken bones or other life-changing injuries. You may be able to claim if your trainer failed to follow the right safety precautions, or if you were injured while looking after a horse. You could also make a road traffic accident claim. We would either claim against an employer’s liability insurance, or an organisation’s public liability insurance for failing to keep you safe.

Snowsports injury claims

Snowsports injury claims are often related to skiing injuries or other risky sports. You may need to make a claim if the equipment was faulty, or if you were allowed to take part in unsafe weather conditions. Ski resorts and other snow sports centres will have trained staff whose job it is to keep you safe. If you suffer an injury, we could make a no win, no fee claim against their public liability insurance.

Motorsport injury claims

Motorsport injury claims can affect both drivers and spectators, from collisions on the track to damage from flying objects. If the motorsport organiser was at fault – for example, if they failed to perform a sufficient vehicle check – you could make a motorsport injury claim. Motor collisions can result in serious injuries from broken bones to brain damage, so we can help you get the compensation you deserve on a no win, no fee basis.

Football and rugby injury claims

Football and rugby injury claims can happen through player activity or bad playing conditions. For example, violent tackles may cause musculoskeletal injuries, or players may be assaulted by others including players, spectators or officials. In other cases, coaches may give the wrong training advice, or pitches or equipment may be poorly maintained, leading to injury. However bad your injury, we will help you to identify who is responsible and how to make a claim.

Injury caused by a contact sport

Contact sports injuries can include sprains, strains, fractures and head trauma, which can have severe consequences. Sports such as hockey, martial arts, football and rugby all pose risks of collision or trauma, which is why it is so important to have the right protective equipment. If a sports organiser failed to provide this and you were injured, you may be able to make a sports injury claim.

Other sports injury claims

You can make a sports injury claim for other sports including track and field, even when there is no contact or risk of injuring other players. If somebody was negligent – for example, if they failed to maintain the track – then your health could be put at risk. We will help you to gather the evidence to prove that an organiser or employer was negligent, and that you were injured. In legal terms, we call these “breach of duty” and “causation”. We’ll help you prove both to build your no win, no fee sports injury claim.

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That’s right, we provide unlimited legal support for our prospective clients. Not sure if you have a claim, or if you even want to make a claim? You can speak with us for as long as you like and as many times as you like. We’ll let you know your legal rights, completely free of charge and with no obligation to make a claim.

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How do I make a sports injury compensation claim?

To make your sports injury compensation claim, you should contact us as soon as you can after your injury. You generally have three years to make a claim, but it’s best to contact us as soon as you can as it helps us to gather the most accurate evidence.

Your sports injury claim will generally take the following steps.

  1. Seek medical attention. You should ask for records of any treatment you have had.
  2. Try to get witness statements from anybody involved at the time. We can help you to collect these – email statements are acceptable.
  3. Make a note of the accident and injury you suffered. We will take down your details during your consultation. This will also include the date and time of the incident.
  4. We will also ask for contact details and medical notes from any doctors or police who helped you during the incident. If you have any receipts from expenses, such as travel to medical treatments, you should hold onto these as well.
  5. Once we have all our evidence, including a secondary medical report if we feel it is necessary, we will send a letter of claim. This will go to the relevant insurer, for example, a gym’s public liability insurer.
  6. While we’re waiting to hear back, we will begin compiling a proposed settlement amount. This will consider the extent of your injury, any money you’ve lost, and any long-term impacts on your life.
  7. If the insurer admits fault, you will receive your sports injury compensation minus our fees. If they do not, we will take it further – but it’s very unlikely you’ll go to court. We will keep you informed throughout. We operate our sports injury claims on a no win, no fee basis, so you’ll only pay if we win.

Who do I make a sports injury compensation claim against?

Your sports injury compensation claim will be against an insurance company. The type of accident will affect which insurer pays out. For example, if it is a sports injury in a public place, such as a crush injury caused by faulty gym equipment, then your claim would be against the gym’s public liability insurance.

If your sports injury happened at work, for example, if you are injured while coaching, then your claim will be against your employer’s liability insurance. In some cases, other insurers may be involved – for example, a road traffic cycling accident may come out of another motorist’s insurance. There is no need to worry about claiming, particularly if your claim is against your employer. They will not be directly affected, and by law, they cannot fire you or treat you differently.

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How much compensation can I claim for a sports injury?

There are no set compensation amounts for sports injuries as claims can vary case by case. When we assess your case, we’re looking at the extent of your injury, any money lost such as time off work, and long-term effects. For example, you may have to quit a physical job or rely on mobility aids.

We always strive to get you the biggest settlement possible. As a guideline, the Judicial Board offers the following figures based on historical claims:

  • Upper limb injuries can be worth £1,450 to £10,750
  • Foot injuries can be worth £9,000 to £132,000
  • Leg injuries can be worth £6,000 to £185,000
  • Head injuries can be worth £7,000 to £265,000.

Is there a time limit to make a sports injury claim?

You generally have three years from the date of your sports injury to make a claim. There are some exceptions to this. If you were under 18 at the time, then you can represent yourself for up to three years after your 18th birthday. Alternatively, you can have a ‘litigation friend’ represent you before your 18th birthday.

If your injury left you ‘mentally incapacitated’, for example, if you suffered brain damage, then there is no time limit for the claim. If you’re claiming on behalf of somebody who has died, you will have three years from the date of their death or coroner’s report.

Frequently asked questions about claiming compensation for a sports injury

What if I have signed a waiver?

You could still make a sports injury claim even if you signed a waiver. Sports waivers are in place to warn you about any potential risks if the organisation does everything possible to keep you safe. However, if they are negligent, for example, if they fail to maintain gym equipment, then they would be at fault and you can still make a no win, no fee claim.

How do you define a sports injury?

A sports injury can range from anything minor to a life-changing incident that is caused by sport. Sports injuries do not always have to be somebody else’s fault, but if they were caused by somebody’s negligence, then you could make a claim. Sports injuries can be sudden, such as trauma caused by a collision, or built up over time, such as a running injury. We can offer sports injury claim advice to decide whether or not you have a claim.

When is a sports injury not an accident?

Sports injuries are generally classed as accidents, but in some cases, you may make an existing injury worse. You could make a claim if you receive bad advice from a sports coach or physiotherapist that made your injury worse. We can help to arrange a medical to confirm this. In other cases, you may be the victim of an assault. In this case, we may be able to help you to claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

What if I got a sports injury while I was a spectator?

You can still make a no win, no fee sports injury claim if you were a spectator. The venue hosting the event has a duty of care to keep all visitors safe, so your claim would come out of their public liability insurance. If you were assaulted, we can also help you claim through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Why choose Express Solicitors for sports injury claims?

At Express Solicitors, we offer decades of experience settling no win, no fee sports injury compensation claims just like yours. No matter how small your injury, we will go the extra mile to get you the largest settlement possible. We can also help you to gather evidence and arrange early compensation payments while you’re waiting to hear back.

You deserve to feel safe when playing or watching sports. If you’ve been let down, contact Express Solicitors to start your no win, no fee sports injury claim today.

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